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Sign Language Supports

» Irish Sign Language Classes:
In Co. Kerry, freelance tutors generally provide ISL tuition on a one-to-one basis or group classes. Tuition is generally provided by Signature or FETAC approved teachers.

As our Centre is an approved course provider with Signature, we generally refer sign language students to Signature accredited tutors. The freelance tutor then informs students of upcoming courses, the costs of classes & any exam fees.

Students also have the option of attending classes external to our service that are provided by FETAC accredited tutors. If we are informed of FETAC classes, we are happy to share these details with students also.

Here is an example of the classes a Signature tutor can provide. Please note these courses do not qualify a person to teach ISL or to do sign language interpreting.

» 10 Week introduction to ISL:
This is an ideal course for people who would like to learn the basics of sign language.

Classes are usually one hour long. As there is no formal exam or accreditation, the Tutor generally presents students with a Certificate of Attendance.

» Level 1 ISL Signature Certified Sign Language Course:
This course is designed to teach learners to communicate using Irish Sign Language (ISL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use.

Level 1 is approx. 60 hours in total. Classes are usually two hours long.
Level 1 is divided into three units.

Unit 101: Introduction to ISL.
Unit 102: Conversational ISL.
Unit 103: Conversational ISL.

At the end of each unit, students sit an exam. When a student passes all three Units, they receive the Level 1 Certificate awarded by Signature.

» Level 2 ISL Signature Certified Sign Language course:
This course enables learners to develop an ability to communicate with Deaf people using ISL in a range of familiar contexts, participating in lengthy and open-ended exchanges.

Level 2 is approx. 82 hours in total. Classes are usually two hours long.
Level 2 is divided into three units.

Unit 201: Receptive Skills.
Unit 202: Productive Skills.
Unit 203: Conversational Skills.

At the end of each unit, students sit an exam. When a student passes all three Units, they receive the Level 2 Certificate awarded by Signature.

» Home tuition in ISL for families with a Deaf child:
If a family has a deaf child & wants to learn sign language, The Dept. of Education provides payment for sign language tuition in the deaf child's home. These classes can be provided by Signature or FETAC accredited tutors.

An application is submitted to the Special Needs section of the Dept. of Education and Science along with a copy of the child's audiogram.

When the application is approved, a tutor is sourced and classes can commence. The service is available to all deaf children up to the age of 18.

During the school year, one hour of teaching time per week is provided. In July and August up to 7.5 hours can be claimed for.

A claim form is submitted to the Department with a breakdown of teaching hours. The Department then sends a cheque to the parents or to an agreed third party and it then becomes their responsibility to pay the tutors.

» APPS & Websites:
Irish Sign Language (ISL) is now available on a variety of apps & websites. Please see below a sample of what is currently available on the Apple App Store/ Google Play Store & on the Internet

Apple Apps Available on the APPLE APP STORE:
  • ISL Everywhere By David Matthews (Cost: Free)
  • ISL Alphabet By Incremental Systems (Cost: Free)
  • SignBasic Mobile App By ziggiapps (Cost: Free)
  • Irish Sign Language Mobile App Lite By Paddy O'Neill (Cost: Free)
  • Irish Sign Language Mobile App (Sign4Life) By Paddy O'Neill (Cost: €0.99)
Android Apps Available on the GOOGLE PLAY STORE:
  • ISL Everywhere By David Matthews (Cost: Free)
  • SignBasic Mobile App By ziggiapps (Cost: Free)
  • Irish Sign Language (Freemium) By Sign4Life (Cost: Free)
  • Consise Irish Sign Language Dictionary (Cost: €0.79)
ISL is also available on the following WEBSITES: Please download 'information_support_2015.pdf' in PDF Download (size 208KB)

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